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Birthing Instincts

The birth world can be overwhelming for parents and practitioners alike. Dr. Stuart Fischbein and Midwife Blyss Young and their combined 55+ years of experience are here to support you in this beautiful rite of passage.Join the weekly conversation as we blend wisdom and humor in discussing our recent births, the latest research, traditional healing, and instinctual birth.  

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#219: Mask Mandates, Stubborn Twins, and Where the Name Birthing Instincts Came From

On today’s episode, Dr. Stu and Blyss catch up and chat about all the happenings in their lives. They discuss the hypocrisies behind COVID restrictions, when castor oil doesn’t help stubborn twins, and the meaning behind the name “Birthing Instincts”. Plus, listen to Dr. Stu’s read his short story based off “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” that tells the tale of female disempowerment when it comes to their own pregnancies. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:When castor oil doesn’t work The origin of the name Birthing Instincts Dealing with online censorship  Why being a doula doesn’t mean being a doormat Where the medical system is lying to youConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 4mins

28 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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#218: The Power of Midwives, Medical Misinformation, and Making Your Own Decisions with Alex and Gabe Basso

Blyss may be on a country road, but Dr. Stu gets on his high horse about the use of language and reminds us that breech remains a variation of normal. Parents Alex & Gabriel share their breech birth story.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The importance of the language we useResources for breech birthsBirthing centers and informed consentHow family members can affect the birthing process Reclaiming personal power and trusting your own body Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 17mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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#217: Hope Gets A Makeover

Dr. Stu joins Blyss in her new kitchen on wheels to discuss listener questions and spider bites. Our duo discusses a more honest article on vaccine counseling and whether the term "trusted healthcare provider" can now join the ranks of military intelligence, jumbo shrimp, and plastic silverware as an iconic oxymoron.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts PodcastIntroducing Hope the RV and new beginnings Occiput posterior labor explainedHonoring personal boundaries as a healthcare providerVaccine risks and misleading language of research articles Q&A: Bicornuate uterus, shoulder dystocia, cholestasis, and the myth of aging placentas Fed up: Taking back the freedom of choiceResources:AJOG - May 2021 editionCheck out @painfreebirth on InstagramConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 4mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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#216: It’s Still All Wrong

Blyss is away so Dr. Stu has a conversation with his past and present self and discovers that not much has changed in 30 years. Absurdity and being wrong a lot doesn't seem to cause those in charge to slow down and reflect. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The importance of addressing burnoutMeghan Markle’s birth planJournalism is no longer about facts, it’s about shaping how you thinkThe increasing push for medical discriminationWhen medical school graduates are unable to practiceAMA: Putting the power in the wrong handsThe value scale of the medical professionResources:The Truth About Meghan Markle's Secret Birth PlanThe Highwire Podcast with Del Bigtree - Dirty DeedsObgyno Wino Podcast - Microdose J - The One About the C19 InjectionThe Sharyl Attkisson Podcast - Vaccine mandates, passports and choice in the era of Covid-19School kids in Israel when told masks are not needed anymoreIncreasing Access to Medical Care from Physicians through an Associate Physician License OptionConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

57mins

7 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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#215: Let’s Reimagine Managing

Dr. Stu dusts himself off to hijack a slogan that's trending, and Blyss thinks it's about time. Our duo review ABO incompatibility and bask in two different beautiful home births and find that wisdom can come from anywhere.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Propaganda and science - finding the right informationNature knows: a story of birthing outsideTesting for ABO incompatibilityTools for identifying and treating JaundiceOB-GYN and the second stage of laborConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 8mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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#214: Stop the F@#kery!

What's the deal with everyone being on low-dose aspirin in pregnancy? Blyss and Dr. Stu also review the data and, not surprisingly, have an opinion. Blyss is fed up with the f@#kery as Dr. Stu shares an all too common tale of the cascade of interventions and the futility of zero. In this episode of the Birthing Instincts podcast: The Doctor on a plane storiesCascade of interventions and unnecessary induction Covid vaccines and pregnancyGetting to the answers of aspirin and pregnancy Connect with Dr. Stu Instagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.com Connect with Blyss Instagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.com Resources: AAPS | Association of American Physicians and Surgeonshttp://www.improvingbirth.org@badassmotherbirther on InstagramACOG Committee Opinion No. 743Dr. Walensky On The COVID-19 Vaccine, Pregnancy, And Fertility This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 9mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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#213: Trolling for Twins

Dr. Stu reviews The Twin Birth study and politely responds to some angry Facebook trolls using ACOG's own words and reason. Blyss jumps in with both feet to discuss chorionicity and add her midwife wisdom.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The rise of vaccine passportsThe differences of care for di/di, mono/di, and mono/mono twins Disagreeing on social media commentsRelative risk vs. actual risk for twin births Nuances of multifetal gestationMidwifery wisdom on diet during pregnancy Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:ACOG Multifetal Gestations A Randomized Trial of Planned Cesarean or Vaginal Delivery for Twin PregnancyPassport Resistance on Instagram @passportresistRussel Brand Vaccine Passports: THIS Is Where It LeadsThe Brewer’s DietThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 24mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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#212: Full of Surprises!

Blyss and Dr. Stu discover they aren’t yet old dogs. The third stage of labor still has new tricks to teach us. Join in the conversation as we share tales of perplexing placentas and listener comments.In this episode of Birthing Instincts:Birthing stories: one size does not fit allGratitude in the birthing experienceShort cords, twins, and perplexing placentasThe things they don’t teach in medical schoolPlacenta inspectionThe secret power of Yunnan BaiyaoConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Evidence Based Birth Podcast episode 172Avivaromm.comDr. Berlin on InstagramThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 2mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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#211: What Mammals Know and We Have Forgotten

The mammalian birth model is perfectly designed, and anything outside of that is an intervention. Today’s topic focuses on how the medical model disrupts the birthing process, when to allow nature to play its role, and when it might be time to step in.In this episode of the Birthing Instincts Podcast:The conflict of personal responsibility and autonomy decision makingHow labor is a primitive brain function like breathingAny care outside of mother and child is an interventionWhat is the cascade of interventions How midwife wisdom is greater than the medical model Connect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comResources:Against the Wind with Dr. Stu50% Health Care Worker are Reluctant to get Covid VaccineMonty Python Birthing SkitThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

1hr 7mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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#210: Deliver Us From Eva with Eva Thies

Hemophilia mom, Eve Thies, gets a "do over" as she recounts her two birth stories with Blyss & Dr. Stu.In this episode of Birthing Instincts Podcast:New birth stories and Dr. Stu’s favorite musicHemophilia A, Preeclampsia, and breech birthsBirth choices: standing up and asking questionsDecision making around home birthAcknowledging the effects of birthing careConnect with Dr. StuInstagram: @birthinginstinctsWebsite: birthinginstincts.comConnect with BlyssInstagram: @birthingblyssWebsite: birthingblyss.comThis show is produced by Soulfire Productions

54mins

26 May 2021

Rank #10